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My functional work is about beauty and aesthetics. These pieces work hard to serve everyday, but when it is idle, it must also serve to please the eye and be held and adored. This is where the forms, colors and textures come to play. The clay medium has a lifetime of stories to tell,… my own story has only just begun.
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Internationally known ceramic artist, Miki Shim-Rutter, works from her home studio in San Carlos, CA. She also works from the Palo Alto Arts Center adult studios where she serves as a Private Events and Workshops coordinator—and conceived and coordinates the Art Center’s annual International Ceramics Exchange. Shim-Rutter is an active member and past director of the Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California (ACGA).

Shim-Rutter’s decorative functional pottery has become recognizable by its beautiful surface detail, sensitivity to lightness and proportion, and respect for the Earth and materials drawn from it. While she has successfully explored a wide range of techniques, materials and applications over the years, Shim-Rutter has become well known today particularly for her work related to tea. In 2017 and 2019, she was one of only four American potters invited to participate in the highly respected “Hong Guang Zi Qi” International Ceramic Art Cultural Exchange Week in YiXing, China. Her teapots, tea bowls, jars and trays demonstrate a mastery of not only individual forms but of a holistic approach to the human experience of drinking tea, and they have been juried into many local and international exhibitions over the past six years.

Shim-Rutter studied fine arts in ceramics and textiles at Northern Illinois University. In 2009, following a 20-year professional career in integrative marketing and graphic design, she renewed her passion for clay, relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area, and returned to ceramics full-time. She is living proof that dreams and inspiration do not expire. Please follow her here and look for her work at Bay Area festival venues like the Annual Clay and Glass Arts Festival of Palo Alto and at other regional, national and international exhibitions.

Current Work
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Covered Jars
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Teapot and Cups
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Ramen Bowls
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Wood Fired Teapot
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Wood Fired Teapot
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2Frogs Ceramics
107 Mendocino Way
San Carlos
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Creating graphics for print (postcards for events)